20 Summer Staples From The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

To let you in on a little secret, I love a good sale for two reasons:

1. The obvious - you get something you need at a fraction of the price

2. The not so obvious - you have a little extra money left over to buy something you want

In my case, it's usually something 'splurgy' like Chanel makeup. When I worked for a beauty magazine a little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to try hundreds of different types of beauty products at any time, but I still truly believe that Chanel makes the best bronzer and blush on the market. Because of this reasoning (however skewed it may be), I couldn't resist adding in two of my favorite (full-priced) Chanel makeup products for summer to my selection of summer wardrobe staples. 

Scroll through the slideshow above to see a selection of summer staples available at 40% off through Nordstrom's 'half-yearly' Memorial Day sale going on now through May 31st. 

7 Gift Ideas to Spread V-Day Love!

My mother's absolute favorite holiday of all time is Valentine's Day, so growing up, Valentine's Day at my house was always a big deal. The routine each year rarely wavered. On Valentine's Day morning, I would wake up to a sweet card or even a bouquet of pink or red roses from my dad and leave for school with a lunch box filled with Celebration's pink thumbprint cookies from my mom. 

After heading off to college, I started finding my own ways to celebrate Valentine's Day- whether it was making my own version of the pink thumbprint cookies or surprising a friend with a cute little Valentine. 

From Essie's peony pink nail polish to a Victoria Beckham shift dress, click through the slide show above to shop several of my favorite V-Day gift ideas this year!